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Aula Medica - new auditorium at the Karolinska Institute in Sweden

Photo: Tord Rikard Söderström

​The auditorium won the 'Building of the Year' award in Sweden in 2014. In 2015 it won the 'Steel Structure Award' as well as the European Steel Design Award 2015.

​A grand and distinctive looking auditorium, Aula Medica, has been built at the Karolinska Institute, Sweden's largest center for medical training and research.

​The auditorium is a complex building located on a narrow plot. The building leans heavily across the highway, which allows room for the large auditorium. The facade is covered with 6,000 squares of glass at a total of 90 tons.

With its 1,000-seat auditorium, the new lecture hall complex, enables the university to arrange major public events, such as the Nobel Lectures, which attract audiences from all around the world.

Award winning building

The building was awarded best building of the year in 2014 by the Swedish building industry. The jury stated that "the project is characterised by innovation, openness and creativity. The building's advanced design had its counterpart in the good logistics of the construction process and scheduled implementation."

In 2015 it won the 'Steel Structure Award' as well as the European Steel Design Award 2015.

The European Steel Design Awards are awarded every two years by the European steel construction organisation ECCS to encourage and highlight the creative use of steel in design and construction. The prize is awarded to a steel structure with outstanding qualities in terms of aesthetics, technology, environment and economy.

COWIs services

COWI was responsible for the static structures of the building, as well as insulation and drainage on the roof. The eight-story building has a frame of prefabricated concrete, and an advanced steel construction steel frame weight 840 tons.

The building has been designed with BIM in 3D using Tekla Structures.

LAST UPDATED: 01.02.2017